Ciaran O’ Caroll, a graduate student at NUI Maynooth has won the inaugural DRHEA Future Voices competition. Ciaran, who was awarded the winning prize by Ruairí Quinn T.D, Minister for Education and Skills is currently undertaking a PhD in the Department of Chemistry at NUI Maynooth. Ciaran’s research aims to develop new technologies to aid Ireland’s flag-bearing industries, agriculture and pharmaceuticals, by developing microcapsule delivery systems that reduce waste, pollution and cost while delivering a product that is more efficient and effective than before.
Established by the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA), the aim of the competition is to demonstrate How Ireland’s PhD’s will enable National
Recovery. Ciaran came through a tough process which saw 67 submissions from students in Trinity College Dublin, UCD and DCU whittled down to 10 finalists
“This competition represents a great opportunity for students to prove the value of their research” said Dr Honor Fagan, Dean of Graduate Studies at NUI Maynooth, “the students are leveraging their own creativity and innovation to bring new ideas to life, and hopefully, will see them realised in the marketplace.”
Pictured following the competition Ciaran O'Carroll, NUI Maynooth and Ruairí Quinn T.D, Minister for Education and Skills.